S+ Stimulant: The Bohm - Krishnamurti Dialogues
In 1961, a meeting in London between two of the greatest thinkers of a generation would trigger a series of discussions and debates that would span out over 25 years. The highly-regarded theoretical physicist, David Bohm, would regularly meet with the influential philosopher, Jiddu Krishnamurti, in order to discuss an eclectic mix of metaphysical subjects such as consciousness, the future of mankind and the concept of spirituality.
Despite these two men’s seemingly different backgrounds and disciplines, they were drawn to one another intellectually and spiritually, and by an insatiable hunger for knowledge, truth and greater understanding. Their mutual respect was clear: Bohm cited Krishnamurti as one of the two most important encounters of his life (the other being Albert Einstein), while Krishnamurti was so inspired by his counterpart that during their first discussion he jumped out of his chair and embraced him.
As you might imagine, the two men began these dialogues from different ends of the intellectual spectrum; however, as they continued to co-explore metaphysical matters, their approaches began to synthesise, and their thinking became more astute and developed, both independently and together.
Often, the scientific approach is pitted against philosophical or spiritual thinking, as if the two are incompatible and at odds with one another. However, those most advanced thinkers in their respective fields usually understand the importance of the holistic approach. The Bohm – Krishnamurti example not only shows us the benefits of a marriage between science and philosophy, but also of keeping your mind open to all different types of thinking.
For further information about these seminal dialogues and to watch videos of them, please visit: bohmkrishnamurti.com
Published: July 16th, 2015